Milwaukee, USA: Various research on experimental blood tests to identify differences between memory impairment or those with ‘Alzheimer’s’ disease and healthy people have yielded very accurate results. This is expected to reveal a simple way of identifying this most common form of dementia soon. There were longstanding efforts to develop such an investigation to identify Alzheimer’s. However, scientists say that this investigation is not ready for widespread use yet and more verification is needed. The results revealed that efforts are being made to simplify Alzheimer’s investigations in the right direction. The investigation identified the difference between people with Alzheimer’s and those who are not suffering from dementia or any other form of it and the results were correct from 89 percent to 98 percent. Alzheimer’s Association Chief Science Officer Maria Carrillo said, “It’s great. We have never seen so much accuracy in earlier efforts.
“These figures are encouraging,” said Dr. Elizer Masalia, head of the Department of Neuroscience at the US National Institute on Aging. He said that the new investigation seems to be more sensitive and reliable than earlier methods, although it needs to be tested on large and different populations. These results were also discussed at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. More than 5 million people in the US suffer from Alzheimer’s. The medicines given for this disease temporarily reduce symptoms but do not reduce brain damage. Presently, the disease is identified on the basis of memory and ability to think, but it does not get the exact results. More reliable tests are done through spinal fluid tests and brain scans, but they require tearing and are expensive. In this case, detection of this disease with a simple blood test will be a major step.
New Delhi: Every year Indian families incur an additional Rs 5,000 crore. …